Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

River, Canal & Quayside sub-committee

The  sub-committee was established in January 2014 to preserve and enhance the character of the River, Canal and Quayside and examine and comment on matters affecting them. The group is a good opportunity for Civic Society members interested in the future of these important areas of Exeter life and heritage to become involved and to raise and comment on questions that concern them. A large geographical area is involved, covering the whole lengths of the river and canal through the city, and issues range from conservation and development to flood prevention and management of the canal. Membership of the group is not fixed and any Civic Society member is welcome to join and attend meetings, or to let us know of items they wish to raise. Please contact Peter Nickol (pnickol@phonecoop.coop).

This is the members-only page for the River, Canal and Quayside subcommittee. It contains only archive material including minutes of the subcommittee’s meetings. For current news and information, please go to the open-access page here.

Our report, A future for Exeter’s River, Canal and Quayside is available here. It summarises our thinking on many aspects of Exeter’s waterways.

Friends of Exeter Ship Canal

The Friends of Exeter Ship Canal, launched in conjunction with Exeter Civic Society, is now up and running. Membership is open to everyone who values and loves this historic waterway, whether as a user, for recreation or simply strolling peacefully along its banks. Members can take part in volunteer activities, learn new skills, help conserve the ecology and heritage, or become non-active supporters.

To join the Friends, and learn more about what they do, go to their website, here.

Exeter Ship Canal was opened in 1566, built to bypass weirs that had been erected on the River Exe and thus enable goods to reach the port of Exeter – originally in barges, later in ocean-going ships. Following successive enlargements and extensions it reached its present form in the 1830s, when the canal basin was also built. As with canals elsewhere its commercial viability was undermined when the railways arrived. The Friends of this historic canal are determined that it should continue as an active, functioning waterway, as well as a recreational focal point for Exeter’s citizens and visitors.